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    The Wild Geese and the Water

    The Wild Geese and the Water


    And Escape to Reality
    11 February 1981 am in Buddha Hall

    The first question:

    Question 1


    SANNYAS IS A REBELLION against both the past and the future. Man has either lived in the past
    or in the future, but never in the present. And the present is the only reality there is; nothing else
    exists. Existence knows only one time – that is now – and one space – that is here. But mind either
    lives in the past which is no more or in the future which is not yet. Mind exists in the non-existential,
    hence mind never comes across the reality; it cannot come by its very functioning.

    Sannyas is a rebellion against mind itself. It is a way of life in which mind is not the master, no-mind
    is the master and mind functions only as a servant. Mind actually is a mechanism; it is good as a
    beautiful device of nature, but the moment the servant becomes the master there is danger, great
    danger. Then your life is bound to be a mess, a chaos. The servant is blind, unintelligent, unaware.
    To live according to the mind is not to live at all; it is sheer stupidity. Mind is never original, never
    intelligent; it is always repetitive, it is always borrowed, it is always mechanical – hence stupid, hence unintelligent.Sannyas is a tremendous jump into reality, an escape to reality from the unreal.

    There have been societies whose golden age was in the past, for example Indian society: its golden
    age has passed. It believes that the future is going to be darker and darker every day – there is
    no hope. Hence the Indian society lives in a state of depression, hopelessness, with no possibility
    of any change for the better. It lives in misery, poverty, sickness. But because of the idea that the
    golden age has already passed long before, thousands of years before, and we are falling by and
    by, every day, it does not believe in evolution, it believes in involution, it believes in regression. It is a regressive philosophy, not progressive.

    The West lives in the future; its golden age has yet to come: the classless society, the crescendo of
    communism, the world of equality and freedom, the stateless state. Those golden days are ahead,
    far away.

    In a way, both are the same. If one has to choose between the two then I will suggest: choose
    a progressive stupidity rather than a regressive one – if that is the only choice! At least with the
    progressive stupidity you have some hope, you will have some thrill, you will have some excitement;
    you will work for a better future. It is not going to come ever, but at least you will be occupied with
    beautiful dreams. It has never been there before, it is not going to be ever in the future. It is now! It
    is already the case!

    Adam and Eve have never been expelled from the garden of Eden! That is my declaration, my
    message. That whole story is invented by the priests. Adam and Eve are still living in the garden of
    Eden – just they have eaten the fruit of knowledge. And who has given them the fruit of knowledge?
    It is not the serpent; it is the priest, it is the theologian, it is the philosopher. The fruit of knowledge
    does not grow on trees! It grows in churches, in temples, in the universities. It carries degrees –
    Ph.D’s, D.Litt’s, D.D’s – and it comes in all shapes and all sizes.

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